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Plumber School

If you're interested in an in-demand career that allows you to use your troubleshooting skills while offering a valuable service, then our online Plumber Career Diploma can help you prepare to take the first steps. With flexible online classes, you can build industry knowledge at your own pace, right from home.

  • Learn fundamental skills that are essential to becoming a plumber like pipefitting, reading blueprints, installing water heaters, and more.
  • Prepares students for entry-level jobs like plumbing technician, pipefitter technician, steamfitter technician, and fire sprinkler installer.
  • Your online program includes interactive study guides, how-to-videos, and animations that allow you to apply what you learn to real-world plumbing situations.
  • Entry-level plumbers can earn an average salary of $56,330 per year.*
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Cost of Program


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$59/month, Start for as low as $1

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What You Will Learn

  1. How to identify the skills needed to use plumbing tools on the common types of plumbing and piping systems, as well as the applicable codes, standards, and licensing procedures.
  2. How to remove old fixtures, choose and install new fixtures, and repair fixtures.
  3. How to identify the local, state, and national codes required for compliance in the design, installation, and repair of plumbing systems through understanding of the International Plumbing Code.
  4. How to read piping drawings and use them in your daily work.
Full Program Goal & Outcomes

Plumber Career Outcomes








Our online Plumber Program is designed with career readiness in mind. Through interactive lessons, simulations, and how-to videos, you'll build the foundational knowledge and skills that can help you prepare for a career as a plumber.

State Licensing Requirements

Licensing and/or certification requirements for jobs in this field are not the same in every state and may include educational, testing, and/or experiential requirements beyond those offered in the Penn Foster Program. Prospective students should contact the state professional licensing board or similar regulatory body in the state(s) where they plan to work to determine their requirements before enrolling in this program. See the State Licensing page for contact information for state licensing/regulatory boards and certain industry licensing information.

Plumbing Courses Success Stories

Penn Foster’s Plumber Career Diploma can help prepare you for the first step in your plumbing career. This program has helped recent graduates find new jobs or start their own businesses while learning at their own pace. Learn more about Penn Foster graduates' experiences and how Penn Foster worked for them.
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Severina J.

Penn Foster Graduate, 2021

“Trying to work full time to support a family and follow your dreams is hard but with having the option to do it online is a lifesaver.”

Online Plumbing Course Curriculum

  • 35.7 continuing education units (CEUs)
  • 9 courses
  • 24 quizzes
  • 1 graded project

In Penn Foster's online Plumbing courses, you'll learn the skills and knowledge essential to prepare for an entry-level job as a plumber through interactive animations, simulations, and videos. The program is self-paced, meaning you can learn on your own schedule from home. Your online courses include:

  • Modern Plumbing
  • Introduction to Plumbing and Pipefitting
  • Reading Piping Prints
  • International Plumbing Code

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Plumber School Tuition

Take the first steps toward a new career with our online Plumber Career Diploma Program. Simply choose from one of our low-cost customized payment plans below and get started today!

Option 1: Pay in full

Save up to $215 Ends 12/14/2021

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Option 2: Monthly Auto Pay Plan

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Option 3: Monthly Mail Pay Plan

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  • Pay $59 per month
  • Start for $39 down
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Our Proven Plumber Learning Model

Empowering students to reach their professional goals


  • Start any time
  • No exam due dates
  • Self-paced


  • Digital study guides
  • Presentations and animations
  • Simulations and videos


  • 24/7 access to online resources
  • Online student community
  • Student Portal Help Center


  • Expert faculty
  • Dedicated student services
  • Robust learning resources

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Plumber School FAQs

What is the average salary for a plumber?

According to national averages from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary for an entry-level plumber in 2020 was $56,330 per year or $27.08 per hour.* The average salary can vary based on experience, where you work, and the state in which you live.

Do I need certifications or training to become a plumber?

Licensing and certification requirements for plumbers can vary from state to state. However, most states and some localities require plumbers to be licensed. Although licensing requirements vary, states and localities often require workers to have 2 to 5 years of experience and to pass an exam that shows their knowledge of the trade before allowing plumbers to work independently. Entry-level plumbers often work in apprenticeships under experienced workers or supervisors after graduating from a trade school or vocational program. If you are looking to finish up high school and get a jumpstart on your career you can also enroll in our high school diploma with plumbing pathways program

Where can I work as a plumber?

Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters can find work in factories, homes, businesses, and other places where there are pipes and related systems. In these roles, you'll be expected to lift heavy materials, climb ladders, and work in tight spaces. Some plumbers travel to worksites every day and even work with other contractors. Outdoor work, in all types of weather conditions, may be required.

How long does it take to learn to become a plumber?

Learning to become a plumber usually combines a formal vocational education with an apprenticeship post-graduation. While the online plumber course from Penn Foster can be completed in as little as 8 months, paid apprenticeships can take anywhere from 2 to 5 years to complete.


The completion of a certificate-level program does not typically qualify a student for employment. Completion of this program may assist students who have previous academic or work-related experience improve their chances for promotion or entry-level employment.


*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. "Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters." Occupational Outlook Handbook. Accessed April 7, 2021.

Statements found in the United States Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook are not a guarantee of any post-graduation salary, in part because the data used to create the Occupational Outlook Handbook includes workers from differing educational backgrounds, levels of experience, and geographic areas of the country.